Following Donald Trump’s attacks on Christianity Today after the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, called for the president’s removal, Galli appeared on CNN to respond. The op-ed referred to Trump’s attempts to coerce the government of Ukraine into digging up dirt on Joe Biden as “profoundly immoral” and criticized a number of the president’s other actions, including his tweets.
“His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused,” Galli wrote.
Trump, of course, responded with tweets.
....have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I won’t be reading ET again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
Galli directly responded to Trump’s tweets on the CNN segment.
“Naturally, I disagree with him on about seven or eight different levels,” said Galli. “His characterization of us as being far-left is far from accurate. We consider ourselves, and most people consider us a pretty centrist magazine in the Evangelical world … I suppose anyone who’s not far-right, he would consider far-left.”
Galli reiterated that Christianity Today rarely comments on political issues, only doing so when the issue has serious implications for the country and the Evangelical community—like when Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon were facing impeachment.
“This struck me as rising to that level and it needed comment.”
The editor-in-chief does not expect his op-ed to change the minds of Evangelicals who already support Trump, but felt that he needed to speak up regardless.
“I don’t have any imaginations that my editorial is going to shift their views on this matter,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that Christianity today is not read by Christians on the far-right, by Evangelicals on the far-right. So they’re going to be as dismissive of the article as President Trump has shown to be.”
“It is my considered opinion that this is something we as a movement need to think about, pray about, in this time in our lives.”
I hadn’t shared who my father @BillyGraham voted for in 2016, but because of @CTMagazine’s article, I felt it necessary to share now. My father knew @realDonaldTrump, believed in him & voted for him. He believed Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 20, 2019
Franklin Graham, son of Christianity Today‘s founder Billy Graham, also responded to the op-ed, telling the Washington Post that his dad would have “been very embarrassed that the magazine he started would call for something like this when there are no crimes committed.” He also shared on Twitter that his father voted for Trump in 2016.
Far-right Christians are particularly riled up today, raging over Galli’s article as well as God himself’s assertions that Trumpian beliefs and actions make you a bad Christian. God even caught the attention of the Trump-supporting actress and model Mindy Robinson.
The irony of a raging leftist account pretending to be God that spreads anti-Trump propaganda is not lost on actual conservatives, Catholics, and Christians. 👌🏻 Don’t you have a golden calf to worship or something, you hypocritical godless f_cks?— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) December 20, 2019
Would God approve of that kind of language?